21 guns by green day. i know, i know, this song seems like an unlikely choice for me. i appreciate green day's music. though, i wouldn't call myself an avid fan. i'm a happy-to-catch-them-on-the-radio type of listener. last sunday, we got the chance to see american idiot (the muscial) and, i have to admit, i gained a new appreciation for green day's music. no, i didn't run out and buy their entire anthology. i did get to see their music acted out on stage and was able to intently listen to the song lyrics, which are often rife with political, social, and cultural messages of our times. (read the lyrics to holiday for proof!) there is something about seeing live theater (and live music, in general) - it's exciting and it sucks you in. this musical was no different.
when billy joe armstrong, the band's frontman, and the band started producing american idiot (the album), they conceptualized it as a "rock opera, inspired by the work of the who and several musicals."
in armstrong's words, "as soon as you abandon the verse-chorus-verse-chorus-bridge song structure...it opens up your mind to this different way of writing, where there really are no rules." it's definitely an ambitious goal for a rock album; one that, in the end, paid off really well.